Late last year I teamed up with the folks at Triscuit to help launch the Home Farming Movement, which officially kicked off earlier this month. The goal of the Movement is straightforward enough -- to help individuals, families, and entire communities discover the simple joys of growing their own food.
That's a message I've been delivering for a couple of decades, so I jumped at the chance to get involved. I've also been eating Triscuits since I was a kid, a fact that made my decision even easier. (And in the interest of full disclosure, I'm getting paid for my participation.)
A key element of the Triscuit Home Farming Movement, and the one that spurred my interest most, is a plan to create 50 community-based home farms in cities across the country during 2010. To accomplish this task, Triscuit recruited Taja Sevelle, founder of Urban Farming. Taja and her organization have considerable experience in creating and maintaining community farms, and her expertise, enthusiasm, and commitment will, I'm convinced, insure the success of the the Movement. I met Taja for the first time earlier this month at the groundbreaking of a community farm in Los Angeles, and I was blown away by the scope of her knowledge and the intensity of her passion.
Another important element of the Triscuit Home Farming Movement is its website, www.Triscuit.com/homefarming. There you'll discover an interactive community of home farmers across the country, as well and all sorts of tips and advice from me, including video tutorials that were shot at my home farm. Check it out. And consider adding your home farm to the map.
And for all you Triscuit lovers out there, you might want to head to your favorite grocer to score one of about four million boxes of Triscuit crackers that contain plantable seed cards of basil or dill. Instructions on how to plant them properly are available at www.Triscuit.com/homefarming, featuring yours truly.
Finally, let me say a word about the term home farming. When I first heard it, I thought it was a tad awkward. After all, I'd always described the process of growing vegetables and herbs as a form of gardening. But the more I thought about it, the more it grew on me. Growing edible crops, whether in your backyard or on your balcony, is a form of farming really. And calling it that distinguishes it from growing flowers and shrubs and trees and so on.
And now, if you'll excuse me, I've got some home farming of my own to get done. Today I'll be planting onions, seven different types of lettuce, mesclun, carrots, mustard greens, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, kohlrabi, and as much Italian parsley as I can find room for. Man, how I love home farming!